Honorary Blogger BA Tortuga: Kleenex? Hell, Y’all Need a Whole Box. Maybe a Roll of Paper Towels + Excerpt & Giveaway!


Kleenex? Hell, Y’all Need a Whole Box. Maybe a Roll of Paper Towels

by BA Tortuga

I have to tell y’all, writing Say Something just about broke me. I still to this day can’t read the book without bursting into tears a dozen times. Maybe more.

I mean, seriously, what was I thinking, writing about a cowboy that can’t leave home and a man that can’t stay there? Grins My wife would tell you, obviously I was working my shit out. 😉

You see, if you asked my daddy, he’d tell you I was like Mike. I ran away from home in high school. I left my hometown and I never looked back. I have lived in Georgia, California, North Carolina, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, New Mexico and all over Texas, but I never moved back to Greenville. He’d tell you I was citified, that I am stubborn and prideful and I refuse to settle.

If you asked my mother, she’d tell you I was like Jenson. I work from home, I need to know where my place is in the world, and I love the western lifestyle with a passion. I am the keeper of old things, the one that follows the old ways, and the one that plans every second before I make a move. She’d tell you I was old-fashioned, that I am stubborn and prideful and I refuse to settle.

Mike and Jenson came to me one afternoon when we were still living in Texas, talking about moving to New Mexico. We were losing Julia’s dad to cancer. I’d lost one of the most important people in the universe. My sister was sick, my daddy had a mini-stroke, my babiest sister was getting married. Julia and I had just gotten engaged. I was having a think about what to do, you know?

Can I leave Texas? Can I stay knowing that J and I could never get married?

My heart hurt, so much, and Mike and Jenson said, “us too”.

There was no way I could leave them without a story. No way.

The neat part?

They got their story and so did Julia and I. I’ll take it.

Much love, y’all.



About Say Something

1Jenson has loved Mike his whole life, but he has never known how to tell Mike how he feels. After high school Mike leaves for college and his Hollywood dream, while cowboy Jenson stays behind in their small East Texas hometown. Neither man knows what to say to go beyond friendship, even though they come together through all of the best and worst times of their lives. The most amazing moments keep bringing them back together, but through huge love and terrible loss, sickness and health, their timing never seems right to take their relationship to the next level. When the universe gives them one final chance, Jenson must overcome his fear and say the most important something before it’s too late.

Available at: Dreamspinner Press and Amazon


An Excerpt from Say Something


“So, this guy, he’s the one?” Ricky leaned over the edge of the bed, head dangling down.

“That kills brain cells, man.” Mike looked at himself in the mirror, working the thick pancake makeup to make the scar less noticeable.

“Uh-huh. So does green, and we smoke that. The scar is hot, honey. Leave it alone.”

Mike grunted. “He’s only ever seen it with stitches.”

“He’s, like, a real cowboy?”

“Uh-huh. We’ve been together forever. I just… I can’t believe he’s coming.” Really coming, here. Jenson. Finally. Mike touched up his eyeliner, and looked at himself again. Maybe glasses….

“You’re such a big queen.” Ricky laughed, waving at him upside down.

“You’re just jealous that I’m not your big queen.”

“Nah. You’re too toppy.” Ricky cackled, and Mike had to laugh. Everyone knew Rick would bottom up for anyone.

“Oh yeah. I’m a big bad leather daddy.” He turned and flexed, playing happily. Ricky was going to be a model. Hell, the guy was already working. Him, though, he still wanted to act.

He thought he could. His profs said he had talent. He just had his damned face to overcome.

The phone rang, and he spun around. “Oh God. Do you think it’s him?”


About BA Tortuga

Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing porn sites in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her wife (still amazing to say that), Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.

Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has gone to the high desert mountains and fallen in love. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head.

You can find out more about BA on her Website, Blog, Facebook, Twitter or email her at batortuga@gmail.com.


As part of this blog tour, BA is giving away an eBook copy of Say Something to one lucky winner!! To enter, just click the link below!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway unless otherwise stated but are still welcome anyway.

Good luck!

Categories: Book Promo, Excerpts, Giveaways, Honorary Blogger Post, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments

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3 thoughts on “Honorary Blogger BA Tortuga: Kleenex? Hell, Y’all Need a Whole Box. Maybe a Roll of Paper Towels + Excerpt & Giveaway!

  1. Waxapplelover

    Sounds like I would need several boxes. I’m the kind of person who cries at movie so books that no one else thinks is sad. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Julie Small

    Great excerpt!

  3. I could never imagine what it would/is like to live in a place where the majority of the population is against what I am. I’d love to read your story, get inside your head and peek at what it would be like, even if in a book. I’m glad you two went for your dreams and got married. When you’re in love nothing else should matter. I wish people would mind their own damn business.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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